Coal Ash

Report: Coal Ash Contamination Widespread In U.S., PA

Mar 5, 2019

A new report finds coal ash pollution is leaking into groundwater at nine power plants around Pennsylvania and over 200 nationwide.

Leaky Coal Ash Pond Seeks New Pollution Permit From DEP

Nov 29, 2018
Google Earth

The largest coal ash pond east of the Mississippi is asking the state for a new pollution discharge permit. Little Blue Run, on the Pennsylvania – West Virginia border, has been closed for the past two years, but needs the permit because it’s still discharging toxic metals into nearby streams.

Little Blue Run was built in the 1970s and, unlike modern impoundments, it is unlined. That means it can leak contamination into the ground beneath it, which can seep out into nearby streams.

Future In Limbo For Coal Ash Site

Oct 26, 2017

A Greene County coal ash landfill won’t be receiving any more coal waste until December, at the earliest. Environmental groups hope the landfill may have seen its last shipment of the waste.

National Energy Technology Laboratory

Researchers at the National Energy Technology Laboratory south of Pittsburgh are discovering valuable rare earth elements in coal waste.

Two Men. One Coal-Ash Dump. No Answers.

Jun 26, 2015
Reid R. Frazier

George “Sonny” Markish stood in his yard with a TV reporter in April 2013 and pointed to a towering hill next to his house in LaBelle, Fayette County.

The camera zoomed in on Markish, with slicked-back gray hair, swiping his hand across a window sill coated in a dusty substance.